Kakuriyo -Bed & Breakfast For Spirits- – Full Season QandA Rundown

Kakuriyo -Bed & Breakfast For Spirits- – Full Season QandA Rundown

What’s the important information? Kakuriyo –Bed & Breakfast for Spirits- is a Spring 2018 supernatural romance anime that aired 26 episodes between April and September. It is based on a Light Novel series by Midori Yuma and has been adapted into a Josei manga series too.

What’s it about? Aoi Tsubaki is a lonely college student who has the ability to Ayakshi in the world, a trait she inherited from her now deceased grandfather. One day while walking past a shrine she meets an Ogre god named Odanna. After offering him some food she kidnaps her to the ‘Hidden Realm’, the spiritual home for all Ayakashi. There she learns her grandfather owed Odanna a great debt and in order to repay it she offered Aoi’s hand in marriage. But rather than succumb to his wishes Aoi negotiates with the Ogre god and decides to pay off the debt at Tenjin’ya an inn for Ayakashi.

Such handsome, much mystery, wow.

Why did you watch it? Every season I watch one or two shows that I have little-to-no interest in but that would be of interest to the irlwaifu—lots of hot Ayakashi boys vying for one woman’s attention—this was the one for Spring, other than that there was no other reason for me to watch it.

Did you enjoy the show? I reviewed about 6 episodes before deciding I couldn’t review it episodically but that’s not to speak of the show’s quality—just that I didn’t have anything to talk about! The show is pretty casual and light-hearted but at times it feels like too little actually happens in the show, it certainly didn’t need to be 26 episodes. As much as I complained about the ~creepy~ aspect of framing a love-story against kidnapping and arranged marriage, Aoi is a strong enough character that she’s never taken advantage of by the “good” characters.

Why is the only thing I can think of what kind of damage those nails would do “in the bedroom”…

What was your favourite episode? The episode that had the most emotional gravitas for me was the finale—Episode 26, with the revelation about the Umi-bouzo’s true nature being particularly touching.

What were your most favourite things about the show? Despite seeming at first glance to be as a show about hot boys and one girl amongst it, there’s actually a lot of other female characters and while Aoi’s interactions with these characters are never ~quite~ as deep as they are with the men they are still interesting character with differing levels of friendship (or rivalry) with Aoi.

You know it’s a show “for women” when the man in the scene has bigger and brighter eyes than the two girls.

What were your least favourite things about the show? Aside from the aforementioned pacing issues the animation can vary in quality at time, never to horrendous levels but it does come off as a little rushed sometimes. Also the stakes in any given episode never really feel all that high—even towards the finale it feels like nobody in the show is taking anything too serious.

Who was your favourite character? While it would be easy (and expected) of me to pick Aoi as I did praise her earlier on in this review she isn’t my favourite character. I’m tossing up between Ginji the white haired wolf-boy who’s just an all-round “good boy” and a lot more likable as a potential love-interest than Odanna. But my love of waifu’s is wanting me to pick the shy, dark-haired beauty of the bath-houses Shizuna, but because of how little screen-time she has I probably should just leave it as Ginji being favourite.

I like how Shizuna’s character design emphasises the fact she works all day in a hot springs, that’s the hair of someone who works in a wet and humid environment!

Thoughts on the OP (opening) and ED (ending) and the soundtrack in general? The first OP “Tomoshibi no Manimani” is a gorgeous and moving song and is actually sung by Aoi’s voice actress Nao Toyama, and when they announced a new song for the second cour I thought nothing could compare but rather than trying to replicate the emotional power and sweeping beauty of the first one they went for a straight up banger; “Utsushiyo no Yume” by Nano. As for the ED’s, well there’s way too many to go through them all as nearly every character gets a character song during the end credits but they’re all fairly decent.

Beast mode, activate!

What’s something unique about this show? This show has a large emphasis on food—which is nothing new for anime considering the Japanese people’s obsession with it, what is interesting is how it permeates every aspect of the narrative—at first seemingly like a hobby for Aoi (one she’s very skilled at mind you) but then becoming intrinsic to the overarching plot-line of the final arc of the anime. It doesn’t make the earlier episodes dedicated to it feel less ~slight~ of content but it does justify the existence of it throughout the story as being something other than just a hobby.

What other anime are most like it for the sake of comparison? I don’t have a great basis for comparison with this genre. However while I haven’t watched the show, I actually own Kamisama Kiss on blu-ray (it was cheap, so I bought it) and that show looks very much like Kakuriyo.

Ah, the classic love triangle.

Who would you recommend it to? There’s a certain demographic for this show and they’ve probably already watched this show—or at the very least have it on their watch list. That’s not to say people who aren’t a part of that demographic won’t find things to enjoy about the show like I did but the effect will be greatly lessened.

Sum up the season in one sentence: ‘Much like vanilla ice-cream its sweet but kind of ordinary, pleasant but nothing bold and more or less delivers the expected experience.’

Final score? 72 out of 100.

Just so damn mysterious and handsome…

Previous Kakuriyo -Bed & Breakfast For Spirits- Reviews:

Episode 1 Review
Episode 2 Review
Episode 3 Review
(No Review For Episode 4)
Episode 5 & 6 Review
Episode 7 Review
(Stopped Reviewing Weekly After Episode 7)

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High School DxD Hero Episode 7 – Anime QandA Review

An Anime QandA review for High School DxD Hero Episode 7

What’s the show? High School DxD Hero, Episode 7.

Ah, the part of the week I dread as you drool over anime boobs again… Hey! The last two weeks have been practically non-existent on the fan-service front, cut me some slack!

Yeah yeah… so what happens this week? The oppai is back! Rejoice!

*sigh* I meant what happened plot wise… Oh right. Well we open on a stage performance of the Oppai Dragon, which is kind of like a kids show starring Issei, it’s all about his fictionalised accounts battling evil and touching boobs, just for a children’s audience.

Family friendly entertainment!

That seems kind of inappropriate? It’s a kid’s show in the Underworld so calm down, devil parents aren’t as prudish as human parents evidently. It’s a cute couple of scenes, Rias’ facial reactions to having to be involved in this kind of thing is hilarious. After some very well-animated backstage harem shenanigans that briefly involve all the girls (except for Rias) flashing their breasts at him, there isn’t actually any more fan-service for the rest of the episode.

If I’d taken a screenshot one frame later this would be a lot more NSFW!

You must have been heart-broken. You joke but I actually like how restrained… no that’s not the right word—sparing, the show is being about its fan-service. It’s definitely devoting more time to character development and world-building and making sure this increasingly complicated plot-heavy show makes sense.

So what happens after the “harem shenanigans”? Everyone returns back to school to start setting up for the school festival, surprisingly (from a fan-service perspective) but accurately (considering they meet under the guise of the Occult club) Rias and co are putting on a haunted house! But this is only the preamble to that, first we have to meet the new student who was mentioned to be attending last episode. Ravel Phenex, it’s been a while since we saw her on the show (I want to say Season 2 but I could be wrong) and she’s especially cute and it will be fun to see more with her!

Isn’t she cute?!

The harem expands? Yeah pretty much!

Anything else noteworthy happen? Yes! Issei and Rias go to meet Sairaorg’s unconscious mother (Rias’ aunt), she’s near death and they brought Issei in the hopes that he can use his ‘Booblingual’ technique to talk to her, but to no avail—

—Sorry, what? “Booblingual” as in he can talk to boobs?! I thought I would have mentioned that before, he acquired the power a little while ago… (also worth mentioning in Japanese it’s actually pailingual, which is a much better pun—just sayin’).

Damn pretty scene tho.

Maybe you did mention it and I just blocked it out of my memory… go on then… Right, so I’m not sure why they wanted to contact Sairaorg’s mother/Rias’ aunt, other than maybe as a kindness to say goodbye or something, to get some closure maybe? But it doesn’t work, rather lazily they talk about it not working rather than actually show the scene—but maybe they just didn’t want to animate Issei trying to communicate with an unconscious woman’s chest. It’s an odd scene, and while yes it gives a bit of “tragic backstory” to Sairaorg, I’d argue the scene(s) didn’t need to be as long as they were.

Sairaorg’s kind of handsome?

Weren’t you just extolling the virtues of how this season is spending more time on ‘character development’? Yeah… I just don’t know if it was especially needed for this character. Yes he’s important as he’s the guy Issei will be fighting in the upcoming Rating Game but I don’t think it added anything personally. I don’t ~feel~ anything’s changed by adding that scene, but who knows, maybe it’ll all be important later on and I’ll be thanking the show for taking the time to include it!

Uh-huh, so what’s the verdict on this episode? It was a lot of fun, but it’s still kind of in the whole ‘in-between major plot sections’ so not a lot is happening. The harem shenanigans were great, as were the smaller, more romantic moments between Issei and Rias but this was neither the best, nor the worst this season has produced.

Dat Rias smile! ❤

Previous High School DxD Hero Reviews:
Episode 0 Review
Episode 1 Review
Episode 2 Review
Episode 3 Review
Episode 4 Review
Episode 5 Review
Episode 6 Review

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Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online Episode 7 – Anime QandA Review

An Anime QandA review for Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online Episode 7

What’s the show? Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online, Episode 7.

So how are things this episode? In previous episodes the action has either been entirely confined to the virtual world or entirely set in the real world, and while I didn’t necessarily had a problem with this at the time—this episode, that cuts frequently between the real world and the virtual world—is so much better because of it.

How so? It benefits the show by never getting boring, never spending too much time on one individual scene and varying the characters we get to see. In fact I think every character with a spoken line in the previous six episodes gets at least a line if not more in this episode and it just goes to show the sheer quality of the characters here that all there’s not a dull moment throughout!

Dual wielding grenade launchers? Sure, why not.

Alright, so what exactly happens in the episode? Well if it wasn’t abundantly obvious, a lot. Specifically though Miyu, Karen’s irl best friend comes into GGO and what are the odds but she spawns in the game as a tiny cute loli too! I’d quibble over how implausible this is, but I don’t really care, she’s just such a great character both the irl Miyu and her in-game persona Fukaziroh!

TMI… hilarious moment though.

Best girl? Absolutely, err, actually no, maybe not…

Huh? What happened? Oh, well I almost forgot about SHINC, the group of ruthless “Amazonians” that came 2nd in the first Squad Jam. Their virtual avatars are great, but I absolutely adore them irl, because as you may or may not remember they’re actually a group of petite high-schoolers in the Rhythmic Gymnastics club.

SHINC’s leader, irl.

Multiple girls can’t be ‘best girl’. I, err… whatever!

Uh-huh, moving on… So aside from our protagonist getting to play with her bestie in VR, what is this episode actually about? Well it’s the preparation for Squad Jam 2, and what’s surprising is that usually these ‘setting the stage’ episodes can be quite dull but this is quite the opposite for all the reasons I mentioned above. I’ve always enjoyed the show, even when it ‘jumped the shark’ last week what with the whole “death game” stakes that seemed shoehorned in. But this was just about the best this show has been so far and makes me hope this show can continue along with the impeccable quality.

Pito is crazy.

Specifically? The character comedy was on-point, Fukaziroh commenting on how many male avatars were around and that she could start a ‘reverse-harem’ goes to show why she’s best a really great girl. The action—while mostly limited to training exercises between LLENN and Fukaziroh—is purposeful as it shows that there is a level of teamwork and synergy between their chosen combat styles. And I was particularly happy about the character development they’ve given to LLENN who seems exceedingly confident in her leadership abilities and tactics, especially when compared to how she was in Episode 1. All of this, plus a bunch of other little moments, equals an overall terrific episode.

I’d watch that show.

Previous Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online Reviews:

Episode 1 Review
Episode 2 Review
Episode 3 Review
Episode 4 Review
Episode 5 Review
Episode 5.5 Review
Episode 6 Review

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Last Period: the journey to the end of the despair Episode 7 – Anime QandA Review

An Anime QandA review for Last Period: the journey to the end of the despair Episode 7

What’s the show? Last Period: the journey to the end of the despair, Episode 7.

Still… you’re still reviewing this show? I am nothing if not persistent.

I think you mean, ‘belligerent’ and ‘stubborn’ and possibly mad too… I am fine with this.

Right. So what happened in this episode? Not a lot, in fact it’s probably the most inconsistent episode of the series—with regard to comedy that is. But is it weird that I kind of appreciate how honest this episode was with how ~messy~ it is?

Work or fun?

What do you mean? Well this show has always played it fast and loose with its individual episode plot lines, but here we’re treated to an episode that’s truly first draft material. Like so much of this episode feels like it was hammered out on a keyboard at the 11th hour just to meet a deadline. But as a blogger who does the exact same thing on almost a daily basis I kinda dug the freewheeling approach.

Family reunions are a bitch.

Sounds kind of like laziness to me…might agree with you except the show is quick to call itself out on how the plot of this episode makes ZERO sense and it’s not like it’s an especially convoluted plot or involves great narrative twists and turns, it’s just that this episode plays out more like post-it notes on a white-board than a satisfying narrative.

I’m still not sure where the ‘good’ in all this comes in. Sounds more ‘bad’ to me. What’s it even about anyway? Right, so the gang go to visit ‘Animal World’ where Gajeru is originally from and they meet up with his tsun little sister who has arranged a guided tour of the region with the exceedingly popular, trap-tastic tour-guide Yumiru who gives them an experience they’ll never forget! Only to find out that he’s being fired tomorrow by the mayor of the town who intends to replace him with 120 cute girls!

Choco knows the score.

What? And so the gang organises a vocal protest but that doesn’t end up drawing much attention so they start a petition drive that ends up in a competitive petition signing competition with Wiseman which ends up drawing the attention of the Animal King, which ends up with so many references to Kemono Friends that I feel like my head is spinning!

Too irl for me irl.

What? Just, trust me… if you’re even a little into the behind-the-scenes controversy behind Kemono Friends and Kadokawa’s firing of Kemono Friends writer/director Tatsuki, you’re bound to find a lot to enjoy here.

Press conferences happen, even in a fantasy world.

And if you’re a normal human being? Then maybe you’ll appreciate the randomness of it all. Listen, I never said this episode was a flawless parody, it’s honestly all over the place but having our fourth-wall breaking character Choco directly address the seemingly disconnected nature of this episode certainly helps. Also, it seems like some other characters are becoming self-aware too…

Wiseman are always needed. I ❤ Wiseman!

And the ‘Kemono Friends’ references? Listen, I’m going to level with you, I didn’t know what half of these references were until I found a Reddit post about it. I haven’t watched Kemono Friends but apparently there’s a lot of references to the show and the aforementioned firing of it’s writer/director. Kudos to this show for highlighting something real world and vaguely controversial, but regardless of all that I think the episode still works even if your knowledge of all of that is secondary or even non-existent.

This cutie pie is a boy!

Uh-huh… err, I give up! This show is so densely packed with references to so many different things I feel like I need a doctorate in anime to truly appreciate it. Until that unlikely honour is bestowed upon me I’ll just keep enjoying this silly little show while screaming “WI-ZUMA-NNN! Wiseman!” into the void.

If only.

Previous Last Period: the journey to the end of the despair Reviews:

Episode 1 Review
Episode 2 & 3 Review
Episode 4 & 5 Review
Episode 6 Review

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Steins;Gate 0 Episode 7 – Anime QandA Review

An Anime QandA review for Steins;Gate 0 Episode 7

What’s the show? Steins;Gate 0, Episode 7.

And what profound pontificating on life do you have to say about this episode? Always, watch ’til after the ending credits. Always.

Jumping a bit ahead aren’t we? Maybe but literally the most important plot point of the series thus far happens after the ending credits. I know a lot of anime do this and I totally get why too, but still this is a ~massive~ plot point to throw in when probably half the audience has already turned off, especially those watching on a streaming service.

Okay, I get it, something big happened! But can we ~maybe~ talk about this episode ‘chronologically’, you know as intended? Fine… so picking up immediately from last week’s cliffhanger, Okabe and friends have their New Years Party interrupted by a gang of masked, gun-toting ‘bad guys’. Thankfully, unlike the last time someone with a gun came to visit the lab they’re not here to kill—just to kidnap the amnesiac time traveller Kagari. Thankfully the ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ bit of foreshadowing last week showing Mr Braun from downstairs seeing these masked goons head upstairs allows him to get the jump on them and intervene.

Don’t mess with the Braun.

Crisis averted then? For now. After securing Kagiri and moving her to a secure location—Ruka’s shrine house—Okabe enlists the permanent assistance of Mr Braun, but not before ensuring he’s on their side—at least for the time being.

Oh? He wasn’t before? Well in one of the timelines of the original Steins;Gate series he was a Rounder, working with Moeka for the shadowy evil science organisation SERN. I’d almost forgotten this plot point (it’s been a while since I saw Steins;Gate, okay?) and so it was nice to get this information reaffirmed.

She loves her anime!

Uh-huh. So anything else noteworthy happen—aside from the post-credit scene! There was a particularly touching moment between Ruka and Suzuha, where Ruka—who’s always been on the outside with regard to her knowledge of the time travel shenanigans—finally grows a pair (if you’ll pardon the irony) and asks to know what the heck is going on. At first I was like “right on!” and “you better tell Ruka everything he wants to know!” Because I can’t imagine how frustrating and lonely it would be from Ruka’s point of view, always on the periphery of the truth. But Suzuha’s reasoning for not telling her was so honest and sad, I couldn’t fault her.

Is it “congree” or “congroo”?

What was it? Well, Suzuha’s obviously been told to keep it a secret by Okabe, and she says something along the lines of, “he wants to keep you out of it so you’re just in this world”. He’s simultaneously trying to save her the heartache of knowing how much pain he’s gone through while having an unspoiled tether to a world outside of all the timey-wimey stuff.

Poor Ruka.

Hmm, fair enough. So I guess we— Yes! The things I’ve been waiting to talk about this whole time! Right, so just before the credits the gang + Mayuri’s friends are trying to figure out the meaning of the code that one of the ‘bad guys’ used during their confrontation at the lab. When suddenly, “Reading Steiner” happens… and then the episode ends. Decent cliffhanger, except POST CREDIT SCENE. Okabe’s in the lab, but no one is around, he hears a noise, calls out for Mayuri and Daru when who should appear from behind the room’s partition but Kurisu, actual Kurisu alive and in the flesh! Please allow me a moment to contain my emotions and pick my jaw off the floor…

I got goosebumps when I saw this!

So big deal then, huh? Big deal? The biggest of deals, I can only imagine what’s going through poor Okabe’s head! The woman he loved and lost is now alive again, but only because he’s travelled to a different world-line! Which means is Mayuri dead again? Or is this a different world line entirely? What if this Kurisu doesn’t even know who Okabe is at all? So many questions! I tell ya, this show just keeps getting better and better!


Previous Steins;Gate 0 Reviews:

Episode 1 Review
Episode 2 Review
Episode 3 Review
Episode 4 Review
Episode 5 Review
Episode 6 Review

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Hinamatsuri Episode 6 & 7 – Anime QandA Review

An Anime QandA review for Hinamatsuri Episode 6 & 7

What’s the show? Hinamatsuri, Episode 6 & 7.

Another show you said you’d stop reviewing week-to-week. Sometimes you watch a show and you’re not sure if it’s worth continuing with week-to-week reviews and sometimes you realise you’re in the presence of anime greatness and need to record the experience for posterity.

Uh-huh. So it’s that good then, huh? It’s always been ~that~ good, it’s just a show like this is easy to take for granted because it’s so effortlessly good. No, effortlessly great. And it’s kind of hard to put into words, it’s the kind of show that needs to experienced without preconceived notions or pontificating reviews.

And yet here we are? And yet here we are…

Umm, so then why exactly are you reviewing a show that you’ve both said is “hard to put into words” and is better “without reviews”? As I said, I want to be on paper as proclaiming this shows brilliance throughout and not just early on or as an afterthought but all the way through.

So ego then? Yeah, something like that.

So this review’s for? It’s for people who are watching the show and are enjoying it. Or better yet, maybe it’s for people who don’t know why the show they are watching is so good.

Then why are they still watching it? I don’t know why people do what they do, but there are some people out there who are ‘confused’ about this show’s tone, because in the blink of an eye it turns from broad laugh-out-loud character driven comedy, to brutally honest heartbreaking drama and—in this reviewers opinion—does so flawlessly.

But such tonal dissonance, isn’t that a recipe for an uneven and possibly confused show. You know what else is uneven and confused and painful and stupid and funny and dumb? Life. This show captures the unfairness and ambiguity and awkwardness and absurdity of life in all its beautiful and exhausting qualities.

Explain? Our three middle school girls each represent a different class in Japanese society. (And by extension most Western societies too.) Hina is “born” into her wealthy, upperclass lifestyle where she wants for nothing and is similarly sheltered from the realities of life for anyone under her, even when exposed to it. Anzu on the other-hand, choses the lowest of lower class, homelessness rather than ask for help. She works all day collecting cans just to afford enough to eat a meal—her allotment in life is pure hardship. Hitomi is middle-class to a tee, working so hard, though never truly suffering and ever at the beck and call of those a step or two higher on the totem poll (her bartender boss/Hina/the student council).

Seems like you’ve thought about this a lot. It’s hard not to with a show as unexpectedly rich and multi-faceted as Hinamatsuri. Admittedly on the surface it could seem like a silly sci-fi comedy with too much time on its hands but there’s no denying the depth to the writing and characterisation—even if it’s subtext—that pervades this entire show.

And we didn’t even get to the proper content of these episodes itself?! You know you probably could have saved this rambling to a full season review instead of blowing it all in this review only a dozen people will probably end up reading. I don’t care. It’s easy enough to look up individual episode synopsis’ at this point, or better yet just watch the damn show! Whether you take it at surface level or dare to dig a little deeper this is a show that’s not only worthy of watching and discussion and dissection, it’s just so damn good. I don’t know if I’ll continue reviewing this week-to-week, or every second week as has been the case here for a while, but know that it’s worth it and worth your time too.

Previous Hinamatsuri Reviews:

Episode 1 Review
Episode 2 & 3 Review
Episode 4 & 5 Review

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Caligula Episode 7 – Anime QandA Review

An Anime QandA review for Caligula Episode 7

What’s the show? Caligula, Episode 7.

Last week, as I recall, the stakes were raised considerably when μ went on a bit of a rampage? How does it follow on from there? Hot Pot in the club room!

Huh? Yep, the first half of this episode is just the majority of the students in the ‘Going Home’ club having hot pot made by Aria.

Oh…kay. Didn’t expect the stakes to fall so quickly. What happened? I don’t know, I guess the writer’s thought we needed some downtime between the more cerebral, action-oriented and plot-centric episodes? That’s not to say the second-half doesn’t have a bit of this but the laid back pace of the first half is particularly jarring after last week, I imagine it’d be even more so if you were binge-watching it!

So… does the hot pot look tasty? Yeah, a bit. Though that expensive meat looked amazing.

Are we seriously reviewing anime food right now? Hey, you asked!

Right, right. So the second-half then? Things get weird, good weird to begin with as our protagonist Ritsu is walking to club, minding his own business when he’s mentally summoned to this purple-tinged limbo world, and it’s considerably eerie. There he meet with μ and the two talk about what happened last week, and why she went berserk and reiterates the fact that she just wants to help people and we get glimpses at what Ritsu may have been like outside of the simulation and it’s not explicit but it’s heavily hinted that this whole AI thing might have been Ritsu’s doing, at at the very least his idea.

The creator in his own trap? Interesting. It’s a thoroughly interesting, though messily edited sequence that’s not quite up to this show at its heady best but still poses a few interesting questions. Like how happiness isn’t something that can be quantified or portioned to people en-masse and that it’s a very personal and fragile thing.

Fair enough. Anything else? We get to see more of the Musicians, the people who are pulling μ’s strings, though it seems there somewhat dependent on her too, which is a small but very important detail which will no doubt factor into the end-game, with our heroes having to win her over to their side in order to relinquish them from this artificial world—or so I’m guessing.

Right, so a “good” episode, first half not withstanding? I didn’t mind the first half it was just a bit overlong, and didn’t really add all that much to the story or the characters. There were a few interesting interactions and we learnt that Shougo is older in the real world than his virtual avatar and that Kotarou has an alter-ego of a masked hero that helps perform good deeds around the city. Either way, while I foresee a somewhat predictable ending I do still enjoy the show’s sometimes surreal visuals, literary pretentiousness and overall aesthetic.


Previous Caligula Reviews:

Episode 1 Review
Episode 2 Review
Episode 3 Review
Episode 4 Review
Episode 5 Review
Episode 6 Review

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My Hero Academia 3rd Season Episode 7 – Anime QandA Review

An Anime QandA review for My Hero Academia 3rd Season Episode 7

What’s the show? My Hero Academia 3rd Season, Episode 7.

Is it over yet? Have the villains finally stopped attacking the summer camp?! Yes, it’s finally over. The villains make a tactical retreat after securing their primary objective, the capture of Bakugo! Their intention? To recruit the hot-headed hero to the dark side!

Serious business. It is and kind of didn’t realise the impact that such a plan would have on the world at large. But the show lays it out pretty explicitly the worst case scenario should Bakugo turn into a villain. I was only thinking of the small-scale impact, namely on the character level (his classmates would feel betrayed, it would be make an inevitable confrontation between him and Deku all the more emotional). But the anime explains the societal implications and I was very impressed with the thoughtfulness of it all.

Like what? Well namely if a student of UA High School went evil it would pretty much mean the end of this institution, at least in the public perception. Villains in this world are akin to terrorists in our world—at least the more ~organised~ ones are. And so having an institution that’s meant to cultivate young heroes for a life of saving the general public produce a person capable of harming the innocent would ruin the school’s reputation.

Hmm, good point. So this episode ups the ante somewhat? It’s both a breather after the action of previous episode as well as laying the ground work for episodes to come. I think it strikes the perfect balance between emotional character moments, necessary world-building and setting up future confrontations.

So did everyone escape the battle of summer-camp unscathed? Not at all, they go into great detail into how physically damaged Deku was by his actions, going in and out of consciousness for days, suffering seizures not to mention the physical damage. And they don’t gloss over the emotional effects of having come face-to-face with such villainous characters, which is certainly appreciated.

So what was your verdict on the summer camp arc, and what do you think about the storylines to come? It was a very good arc, though it probably went on an episode longer than it needed to, probably could have been tightened up and not lost anything too important. Not among my favourite arcs so far, but not the worst either. I’m looking forward to the more wide scale impact Bakugo’s kidnapping could mean for the hero world at large and foresee a lot of dark possibilities to eventuate from those plots—which I’m very excited for.

Previous My Hero Academia Reviews:

Season 1 (20 Question) Review
Season 3, Episode 1 & 2 Review
Season 3, Episode 3 Review
Season 3, Episode 4 Review
Season 3, Episode 5 Review
Season 3, Episode 6 Review

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Comic Girls Episode 7 – Anime QandA Review

An Anime QandA review of Comic Girls Episode 7

What’s the show? Comic Girls, Episode 7.

And how are the girls this week? Well, Kaos-Chan continues to be an adorable, neurotic mess! After overhearing the news that Koyume is getting a serialised manga Kaos if left devastated at the thought that she’s the only one in the dorm without one, and worries she’s going to become a background character.

Little bit forth wall breaking? No, she’s just so obsessed with manga and anime she talks like that sometimes.


Fair enough. So then Suzu, the horror mangaka who was introduced last week takes her up to her room in the attic and the two bond some more, mostly over the fact that Suzu has no friends and that Kaos is a pervert who loves any attention from the cute girls in her dorm, no matter how scary their room may be!

Doki doki.

Uh-huh. Also I totally ship Suzu and Kaos now.

Why am I not surprised… Also we find out that Kaos into girls with glasses, and not just any girls but ‘older, more mature’ girls, guess that fits in with her ‘wanting to get scolded by a teacher fetish’ we discovered in an earlier episode!

Kaos gives good face.

Is this relevant information? Very relevant, Ruki, a wearer of glasses herself, suggests that Kaos maybe get a pair for herself, and not strictly for aesthetics either, something this show is taking a pretty heavy stance on. But before Kaos goes to the optometrist she makes a quick detour to “heaven” on Earth.

Heaven is a place on Earth… if you’re an otaku!

Oh let me guess, it’s that Aki-something place isn’t? AKIHABARA! Watching Kaos-chan walk around so many familiar sites and nearly hyperventilate over anime figurines was perhaps the single most relatable thing I’ve seen in an anime this season! She was literally saying and thinking things that I thought last time I visited the place!

*nostalgic tear wells in eye as I hold hand to heart*

So a different kind of fan-service, huh? Pretty much! Although, she’s quickly overwhelmed by the place, especially as people keep mistaking her for a primary school student, including a police officer who thinks she’s lost her parents. Kaos panics and hides in a box in a dark alley, because she’s basically a lost little kitten at this point!


Little loli lost in Akibabara, sounds dangerous on so many levels. Don’t worry, the ~drama~ is short lived when her dorm buddies find her thanks to some very specific tweets she sent out about her dilemma. And so they continue on to the optometrist where Kaos again has a little panic about whether she’s the kind of person who “deserves” to have glasses. The elevated picture in her mind of people who wear glasses not matching with how she dismissively perceives herself.

“Box nao” is the best thing I’ve seen all year.

It’s a difficult thing to overcome, how we perceive ourselves… But don’t worry that ~drama~ is too short-lived as Kaos’ homeroom teacher comes in looking for glasses too and manages to convince Kaos to get glasses with one simple sentence. “It’ll make anime look better.”

Of course, such a weeb. Hey, having anime in the highest quality possible is one of the most important societal issues of our age!

High Definition waifu.

*rolls eyes* So sounds like this episode didn’t quite have the same depth as some previous episodes? There’s hints of depth, though this episode was much more focused on character development for Kaos-chan, which I think is important for the protagonist. However for those who find her whiny antics annoying, and I know there’s plenty that do, I doubt it’ll change much as she’s still very whiny. It doesn’t bother me in the slightest though, I find her very relatable and endearing, especially the crippling insecurities that come with everyone around you achieving success while you wallow in mediocrity. Also Akihabara antics! How could I not love this episode. It’s not the best episode of the season but it’s still a damn fun time!

Me, after every store in Akiba.

Previous Comic Girls Reviews:

Episode 1 Review
Episode 2 Review
Episode 3 Review
Episode 4 Review
Episode 5 Review
Episode 6 Review

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